Jumpstart Support Helps Close Early Educator Pay Gap in NYC

Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Johnson, District Council 1707 Local 205 (DC 1707) labor union and the Day Care Council of New York reached a tentative contract agreement that creates a pathway to close the pay gap between community-based early educators and their counterparts in the Department of Education.

The tentative contract puts certified, unionized teachers on track to receive salary increases and health care expense reductions by October 1st, 2021. It also gives pay raises to non-certified teachers and support staff. Though the proposal currently creates a pathway toward equal pay for DC 1707 members, the Mayor expects it to serve as a model for non-unionized educators to receive pay parity as well. Union members are expected to vote on the agreement in August.

We are grateful that the city’s leaders recognize the significant role early educators play in the lives of our youngest children. Thank you for your advocacy and responsiveness to Jumpstart’s call to action to support pay parity in New York City. We are hopeful that this win will inspire other cities across the nation to invest in cultivating a workforce that is well-prepared, trained, and compensated as the professionals they are.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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